LOS ANGELES—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Los Angeles International Airport apprehended a 21-year-old male United States citizen suspected of rape and unlawful sexual contact with a minor as he attempted to board a plane to Narita, Japan on April 15.
CBP officers confirmed that Tyler Ross Fitzgerald was an exact match of an active arrest warrant issued about a month before on March 14, by Scioto County Sheriff's Office in Portsmouth, Ohio.
"This interception illustrates yet again the great work CBP officers do behind the scenes every day, to keep bad people from entering the United States, as well as apprehend fugitives trying the flee the country and evade justice," said Todd C. Owen, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles.
CBP officers intercepted Fitzgerald prior to boarding the flight, took him into custody and turned him over to Los Angeles World Airports Police. The subject was arrested and extradition was initiated.
The Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism. They screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States.
During fiscal year 2012, CBP officers in Los Angeles apprehended a total of 519 wanted criminals, ranging from murderers, child molesters, drug traffickers to larceners.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini expressed his gratitude to the agencies for the apprehension of Fitzgerald as its agency has received complete cooperation during this investigation.
For additional information about this case please contact Scioto County Sheriff's Office Captain David Hall at (740) 354-7566.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.